rangerred (839) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle poured into a nonic.
Appearance is a clear dark orange with a tiny head that quickly dissipates.
Aroma is of slightly toasted caramel and a faint wisp of grassy hops.
The flavor is watered down toasted caramel with maybe just a hint of dark fruit. There is a drying bitterness towards the finish but no real hop flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty watery.
Overall this beer seems like it is halfway to being pretty good. The initial flavors just drop off too rapidly and everything becomes muddled after that. A nice try, though.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a darker orange color with a two finger soapy head. Aroma was mild malts, some caramel, and citrus. Flavor was bread, yeastv caramel and mild hop bitters. Medium body. Longer finish. Better than i thought.
Tac (102) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Practically no head, nice copper color. Aroma is toasted grain, with a little herbal sent. Medium carbonation. Medium bitterness, a bit sweet taste of toasted grains and nuts. Overall very nice, good aftertaste.
puboflyons (1820) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 31-12-W-L357-59-01. The pour is handsome enough with its crystal clear medium amber tone and moderate foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing along the glass. The aroma is pretty weak however with a sweet maltiness and standard Newcastle yeast strain. The body is in the medium range. The taste is bitter but nothing extraordinary. It is pleasant enough with a crisp finish but there is nothing original about it. Easy to drink.
nuplastikk (4088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Filtered orange-tan. Thin, patchy white head. Not much as far as aroma. A pretty straightforward English Pale Ale. Floral, flowery hop tones with a touch of citrus bitterness. Underlying clean malt body. Still pretty bitter, not sure who they are trying to sell with the sweet not bitter line. Not really that inspiring of a beer, but OK enough to session on for sure.
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
poured from a 12oz bottle. dark amber in color, more on the orange side. thin soapy head with little lacing on the glass. very appealing in the glass! the aroma is lacking.. very earthy and yeasty. grainy taste with some light bitterness on the finish. sort of a blah beer.
nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is dusty with grassy hops, light brown sugar, and adjuncts. The appearance is light brown amber with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma and is slightly papery and astringent. The palate is average. Overall a pretty average beer.
Onslow (1076) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Amber brew with white head that persists as a frothy film. Vinous aroma - smells like wine. Ick. Taste is a little sweet malt with a nice dry hop profile in the finish. Thankfully, note a vinous in taste. Decent mouthfeel. The aroma is too off putting for me.
Trev (1820) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark gold/light brown pour from the bottle with a medium soapy head.
aroma is nutty caramel, light fruity and earthy herbal hop tones.
flavour is nutty, brown bread, light burnt caramel. Herbal/woody hop presence. Light lingering bitterness is just enough to keep the body from being too light. Soft carbonation and low alc make this a decent session choice. I think I might even prefer this to the original brown.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, dark amber body with nearly a half inch of near white fizz.
Smell: Minor notes of toast, nutty caramel with a layering of dried herb hops.
Taste: Crisped sugar flecks atop a very lightly toasted bready malt base. Light berry-esque quality. Leafy, herbal hops with a medium-low bitterness. Dry, bready, leafy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation.
Overall: While not a beer to be celebrated, it is okay, it is drinkable, and a far sight better than some of their other seasonal offerings.